Wayne State University

About Technology Commercialization

Olena Danylyuk

Tech. Comm & Compliance Spec.



Joan Dunbar
Joan Dunbar

Associate Vice President for Technology Commercialization

Dr. Dunbar (Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia) was director of biotechnology development and biomedical innovation in Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. She has extensive experience promoting and facilitating commercial translation of academic research including assessing market opportunities and developing commercialization strategies for biomedical technologies, acting as mentor on STTR and SBIR proposals for technology development, and securing more than $350,000 from Michigan-based programs to support proof-of-concept studies for faculty inventions. She has been key in launching a number of WSU start-up companies and is a member of the university’s patent advisory committee. In addition, she has created educational opportunities in biotechnology entrepreneurship that aim to educate graduate students and faculty on clinical and commercial translation.

Bramdon Dogwill
Bramdon Dogwill

Project Manager, Innovation Programs

Mr. Dogwill (MBABA, Wayne State University) is Project Manager of Innovation Programs within the Technology Commercialization Office. These programs include the Technology Development Incubator and Innovation Fellows Program which are designed to provide comprehensive support to address the cultural, technological and financial challenges associated with the translation of innovative early stage technologies from academia to the marketplace. He has experience in management science, organizational culture, technology commercialization, cross-functional team leadership, and education.  As an alumnus of WSU, Mr. Dogwill is proud to continue his commitment to the university and surrounding region.

Nicole Grynaviski
Nicole Grynaviski

Licensing Associate

Dr. Grynaviski (Ph.D., Duke University, BS, College of William & Mary) joins Wayne State as an expert in commercializing bio-physical chemistry technologies. She has extensive experience in research and development as well as in project management, business development and intellectual property management. Previously, she worked as a scientist for a successfully acquired technology start-up and as a consultant to several universities evaluating commercialization opportunities.

Ken Massey
Ken Massey

Senior Director of Venture Development

Dr. Ken Massey’s (Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and B.S. Eastern Michigan University) combined 28 years of biomedical research and business experience in the academic, pharmaceutical and biotech arenas will benefit Wayne State University’s efforts to identify start-up opportunities and facilitate efforts ofWSU entrepreneurs to create companies that will license and develop WSUtechnology. He will play an important role in interacting with other academic institutions, regional and state economic development agencies and the venture community.  Before joining Wayne State, he was managing director of MicroDose Life Sciences and its associated venture capital fund, LifeLine Ventures. Prior to MicroDose, Massey was an assistant professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology at the University of Michigan before joining Pfizer where he was responsible for the scientific and operational aspects of several drug development programs.

Scott Olson

Director, M-TRAC Program

A. Payne

Intellectual Property and Contracts Administrator

Arcie Scott

Technology Specialist

John C. Shallman
John C. Shallman

Senior Director of Licensing

Mr. John Shallman (B.A. Grand Valley State University) has over 24 years of diverse experience in the technology commercialization arena. He will lead Wayne State’s licensing efforts to help identify, evaluate, develop and execute potential new innovations.  For the past six years, he was director of commercialization at William Beaumont Health System, and prior to that was the life sciences sector development manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where he managed life sciences initiatives for the State of Michigan’s Technology Tri-Corridor Investment program, and worked across the state to develop startup and attraction programs in the life sciences. 

Elisabeth S. Sussex

Director, Intellectual Property and Contracts



Elisabeth Sussex (JD, BSCS Wayne State University) provides responsive legal guidance and licensing services to support the University’s technology commercialization endeavors. Her combined 25 years’ legal, business, and technology experience with multinational, mid-level, and entrepreneurial clients provides a platform for bringing Wayne’s technology to the benefit of the public. Prior to joining WSU she practiced as a licensed patent attorney and computer scientist.

In previous positions, Ms. Sussex focused her practice on identifying, protecting, and monetizing intellectual property. She partnered with clients to design, develop, and implement IP strategies that aligned with and enhanced business objectives. She assisted a range of clients, from creating business architecture platforms for startups to directing worldwide patent positions for major corporations. She worked across complex and convergent technologies, including consumer electronics, software and devices, and healthcare technologies.

Ms. Sussex is admitted to the U.S. Patent Bar, the State Bar of Michigan, and the State Bar of California. She has deep experience in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution. She has developed, coordinated, and reviewed patent research and analysis projects, including prior art searches, competitive intelligence, landscapes, patentability analyses, right to use analyses, and invalidity analyses, based on client and competitor product lines and portfolios. She is a Certified Licensing Professional for inbound and outbound properties. She conducts seminars and educates clients on relevant matters.

Laura Terlecky

Executive Assistant

Ms. Terlecky (BS Tufts University) has spent over 25 years in academic research laboratories as a technician and lab manager (Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, The Scripps Research Institute, and Wayne State University School of Medicine).  Familiar with working amongst a diverse group with varied requirements, she brings her management skills to this job to keep the office connected with its customers while supporting the staff in their various projects.  She is located in our main office at 5057 Woodward two days a week, and maintains a presence in Scott Hall on the medical school campus the other three days.

Christine Willis
Christine Willis

Market Research Analyst

Ms. Willis (BS, Oakland University) has extensive experience in providing marketing research and analysis for a wide variety of advanced technology products and services. Prior to joining Wayne State University, she worked at two Fortune 100 companies (Visteon Corp. and EDS) in various marketing research and management roles, providing strategic direction and value analysis for advanced technologies in engineering and information technology.